Nzeocha signed a one-year deal this offseason with an expectation of serving on special teams, but Harold's departure opens up a potential starting role to begin the season. The 28-year-old recorded just six tackles in kickoff coverage over the last two seasons, so it's unclear what type of production can be expected if he hangs on to the starting job come Week 1. Pita Taumoepenu and rookie Fred Warner could also compete for the job over the final two weeks of the preseason.
Nzeocha (elbow) recorded two tackles in Thursday's preseason opener against the Cowboys.
Nzeocha had been limited in camp with an elbow injury, but his presence in Thursday's contest proves that he has healed up. The 28-year-old is competing for a special teams role, but Eli Harold's knee injury could open up playing time at weakside linebacker depending on how long the starter remains sidelined.
Nzeocha is considered day-to-day after suffering an elbow injury, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
This is the first report of Nzeocha being sidelined with an injury, but there doesn't seem to be much concern regarding the severity. Nzeocha signed a one-year deal with the 49ers back in January, but he's expected to be limited to special teams usage should he make the team's final roster.
Nzeocha, who the Niners signed off the Cowboys' practice squad in September, logged four tackles in 10 games for San Francisco in 2017. He'll likely remain a key part of the team's coverage on special teams but isn't expected to have much of a role on defense in 2018.
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
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|2018||San Francisco 49ers||10||12||10.0||2||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|